The Deadpool 2 cast grew today when it was announced that Josh Brolin had been brought on as Cable, ending more than a year of rumors and reports about who would play the badass, tech-enhanced mutant. It seems like the casting has been received positively online for the most part, but the man who breathes life into the Merc with the Mouth, Ryan Reynolds, took some issue over Brolin being brought aboard because of some past roles.
Keeping in line with his usual brand of Wade Wilson-like humor, Ryan Reynolds welcomed Josh Brolin to the Deadpool family on Twitter by posting the above photo of Wade Wilson enjoying a latte that has Brolin’s face in it. It looks like Jesus may have some competition when it comes to spotting faces in food and drink. Also, kudos for including the napkin with the names of The Golden Girls written out. However, that picture was accompanied by Reynolds’ humorous protest about how Brolin’s casting will cause continuity issues. And no, he’s not talking about also playing Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. No, Reynolds keenly pointed out his and Brolin’s much more prominent roles as Seth in Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Matt Graver in Sicario, respectively. What were you thinking, 20th Century Fox?!
Josh Brolin is no stranger to the world of comic book media, but in recent years, he’s been known in this area of pop culture as Thanos, the overarching antagonist in the MCU who will finally be put front and center next year in Avengers: Infinity War. Now he’s not only one of the few actors who has starred in multiple superhero franchises, but also among the fewer who have appeared/will appear in both Marvel movie worlds. Longtime comic book fans immediately picked up on that following the Cable announcement, but in the end, it’s not a big deal. Besides, at least with Deadpool 2 we’ll see Brolin’s face, unlike with Thanos, with whom he voices and does motion capture work. Now that that’s out of the way, could we talk about the implication of Sicario and Sabrina the Teenage Witch possibly being set in the same universe No? All right, maybe later.
Along with Josh Brolin’s Cable, Deadpool 2 will also introduce Domino, who will be played by Atlanta actress Zadie Beetz. Vanessa Carlyle, Negaonic Teenage Warhead, Colossus and Dopinder the cab driver are also all confirmed to return. John Wick‘s David Leitch is taking over as director from Tim Miller, while Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick and Ryan Reynolds are working together again on the sequel’s script, this time with help from Drew Goddard.
Deadpool 2 is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2018.